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Climbing Skjeggedal

(Choosing the Academy, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2020) Permanent link   All Posts
Eric Noble

As I hiked the mountains of Scandinavia, I looked back into the relentless past, marveled at the unraveling present, and speculated about the mysterious future. Life is really a great climb.

It was my first time to hike and climb a real mountain. It was no fun. I only did this because of peer pressure and how it is seen as something that one must do in Norway. This mountain in Skjeggedal is called Trolltunga or the “Troll’s Tongue.” An iconic mountain that was very famous to Vikings since the late 11th century. It has always been featured in travel magazines and adventure blogs due to its scenic cliffs and spectacular views.

But in all honesty, I would never climb this mountain again after experiencing the impetuosity of this 12-hour up and down and 4 degree Celsius night hike. I would rather go to the driving range, hit some golf balls, then head out with my golf cart and play a simple 18-hole golf match with my friends from the United States Coast Guard Academy. I could head out to the 5th Deck of the Roland Hall and play a pick-up game of basketball with my classmates. If all else fails, I can head down to Groton to my sponsor parent’s house and watch Netflix and probably take a nap. I would rather do things that make me feel relaxed rather than things that will make me feel danger and fear. Relaxing for me is the best feeling in the world.

During that difficult hike I had in Norway, zoned out several times and told myself that I want a big change in my life. I wanted to be a part of something huge just like the big icy mountain. I want to represent my country at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA). It was a heartfelt wish and a prayer to God. Soon after, I applied to the USCGA and eventually got appointed. I always wanted to become a Philippine Coast Guard attaché that works in our Foreign Affairs Department so I can see the world. I love the fact that they get to travel across the earth, and help out with global issues and transnational affairs. Now, how is this related to wanting to be a blogger. The simple reason I have is that I want to open myself up and travel to the minds of my readers. I want to enter the mighty seas of their thoughts. As I share what we cadets are going through, I believe I could leave an indelible mark in their hearts and minds.

Blogging is also an avenue to influence people and tell them what are you going through. It is indeed an essential tool for people to share their ideas and lifestyle. It is a means of sharing personal messages and insights. One can get to imagine what it is like in the shoes of the blogger. In the case of the reader, it is easier to react to blogs than formal articles. This is the reason that I have always been a fan of blogs. I love reading them because I sense the person to person interaction.

Blogging encourages amateur writing that could lead to professional writing. If blogging is not encouraged, there will be fewer sharing of ideas and insights. Blogging is a great tool to express oneself that could benefit other people in very simple, practical, fun and honest way.

3/c Eric Noble
USCGA Class of 2020